“Where to find Japanese variety shows Eng sub?” Similar questions are frequently posted on online forums and communities. If you face the same problem, please read this article as I’ve searched and listed six sites where you can find popular Japanese variety shows online with English subtitles for free. Hope you’ll like it!
Compared with K-variety shows, the Japanese variety show is still a niche category. And there are very few subtitle teams that are dedicated to subbing the Japanese show into English. Therefore, you will not be so lucky to find any of your desired Japanese variety show with English subtitles. But if you are looking for idol variety shows or some famous game shows like Gaki No Tsukai, chances are good that you will find them subbed in English. Try your luck at the six sites below!
Tips: If you know a bit of Japanese and can watch Japanese shows without subtitles, you can try sites like GYAO!, TVer, JShow.tv, and YouTubeバラエティ動画倉庫 to find more raw variety shows with the latest episodes free of charge (The first two streaming platforms are only available within Japan).
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YouTube has mostly the clips of the Japanese variety shows, some of which even merge funny parts from different shows. Yet, to find a full-length J-variety episode that is subbed in English is rather difficult. But for Japanese idol-centric variety shows, you can still find some available with English subtitles on YouTube. Just search the show name or group name with “eng sub”, and there you go. Besides searching for a particular J-variety show, you can also subscribe to some channels that upload Japanese variety shows Eng sub, such as AKBrasil! for idol girl group AKB48 and MoMusuArchives for girl group Morning Musume.
KEYAVIDS is a home for videos of the Japanese idol girl groups formerly known as Keyakizaka46 — Sakurazaka46 & Hinatazaka46. And all the related videos are fansubbed in English. You can find here not only their songs, MVs, dramas, but also their variety shows in full-length episodes, including KEYABINGO!, Keyakitte, Kakenai?, KEYAROOM, Hiragana Oshi, Hinatazaka de Aimashou, HINATAZAKA CHOTTO II, HINABINGO!, SOKO MAGATTARA SAKURAZAKA, as well as all the other shows the group has participated.
Beam Subs is another fansubber team dedicated to providing quality English subtitles for videos of the Japanese idol girl group Nogizaka46. And like KEYAVIDS, you can also find here their dramas, music, and, of course, the variety shows like NOGIBINGO!, NOGIZAKA UNDER CONSTRUCTION, 46HR TV, and so on. And new episodes are always on the way as the sub-team is sparing no effort to bring more projects ready for view. You can follow their Twitter to get timely updates.
If you are familiar with KissAsian, you probably know that KissAsian has curated a special section for variety shows on a new website called KissTVShow. And on this site, you can find English subbed variety shows from all Asian countries. Yet, it focuses more on K-variety shows and has a relatively smaller library for Japanese variety shows. Nevertheless, you can still watch classics like Wednesday's Downtown and other idol-centric shows with Arashi, AKB, Keyakizaka46, JO1, etc. on this site.
Gaki Forum is a fan page that archives any video related to Gaki No Tsukai, the most well-known Japanese game show. Basically, all these videos are provided with soft English subtitles, and both are available for download through Mega links, GDrive links, or torrents. You will also find separate subtitles in other languages like French, German, Spanish, etc. If you are a fan of Gaki No Tsukai, this is your go-to place.
Besides offering you resources for Gaki, the forum members also built a space for other Japanese comedy shows, and you can find Japanese variety shows of all kinds. Most of these videos, however, are without English subtitles.
One more thing worth noting is that you have to register to get the necessary keys for any downloads.
J-Fansubs is a community where many team subbers and individual subbers are gathered to share their translated works of Japanese dramas, variety shows, and TV shows. Due to the community rules, videos shared on this place are not for re-uploading and re-posting, so it has many exclusive pieces that can’t be found elsewhere. You can go through the tags to find your interested ones. Yet, the downside is that this community has stopped updating since 2012. Hence a lot of resources are invalid.
In case you need to download shows from some streaming sites like the first three sites mentioned above, here I will provide an easy way on this matter. What you’ll need is only a video downloader named WonderFox Free HD Video Converter Factory, a safe and free program that can help you download embedded videos from sites like YouTube, Dailymotion, Vimeo, and more. Follow the instructions below to learn how to download your wanted videos.
Tips: For downloading TV shows from the fourth site, you can refer to this article How to Download from KissAsian
Step 1. Go to the streaming site, for example, YouTube, and play your wanted video. On the top address bar, copy the full-length URL of the video. (It could be an URL of a single video or a playlist)
Step 2. Launch Free HD Video Converter Factory and open the “Downloader.” Click “+ New Download” and “Paste and Analyze” the copied URL in the downloader. Wait a few seconds for the link to be analyzed. Then you should see the download options appear. Select your wanted option(s) and click “Ok” to add it to the download list.
Step 3. When you are ready, click “Download All” to start the downloads immediately.
That’s all for where to watch and download Japanese variety shows Eng sub. Hope you’ll find it helpful. Thanks for reading!